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Patrick Clapp
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New blog post finally gave me an excuse to try out +Tableau Software. Surprised just how quickly the map came together given how long it's taken me to do something similar (but not interactive) in R.
http://bit.ly/1x6TZEO

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Per capita student loan debt grew 657% across the US between 1999 and 2012.
http://www.chmuraecon.com/blog/2014/july/02/growing-student-loan-debt-and-its-impact-on-housing/
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Private sector effects of the last government shutdown-- it's not just limited to furloughed employees. Look for the bubble chart at the bottom for regions at risk this time around.

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Is there anybody moderately skilled in programming who would like to help me write a program to prepare immigration forms? The one I'm currently using at work is terrible, and it's the best on the market-- a semi-decent one could make a killing.

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John Humphrey, the journal's editor, was intrigued. "I could tell even from the first version that it was a very serious piece of experimental archaeology which no scholar who was not a hairdresser—in other words, no scholar—would have been able to write," he says.

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This might have more bite if Fox News ever "challenged the White House" under President Bush or didn't take so many quotes completely out of context.

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Finally found confirmation that McDonnell's transportation bill not only benefits fuel-inneficient vehicles, but actually penalizes fuel efficiency:

"Another element is to charge alternative fuel vehicles $100 per year. McDonnell's argument is that since these use less gas, they should contribute to the costs of road maintenance. But it's particularly ironic that he's looking to have these vehicles pay for road maintenance while exempting regular gas-guzzlers."

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/17305/mcdonnells-insane-transportation-plan-no-gas-tax/

For a decent conservative perspective: http://bearingdrift.com/2013/01/09/governor-mcdonnells-seppuku-transportation-plan/

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Pretty cool-- Google, for example, uses the number of searches for "flu symptoms" or "flu medicine" to estimate how many people are sick.

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